Howto

When you start a new project file in Microsoft Project®, there are a number of settings to change that make the file work better. One way to make this easier is to create a new project template that already has these settings pre-set. Here is what to do to create a basic new project template:

  1. Open a new project file and set the following settings:
    1. Set the working hours in the Calendar tab of Tools-Options,
    2. Set the holidays in the Calendar under Tools-Change Working Time,
    3. Turn on the Project Summary Task and the Outline Number in the View tab of Tools-Options.

You can also set up any filters or groups that you would want to use on each project. Then save the file as a template file using File-Save As. This will save you time on each new project file.

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